Erik Erik - 5 months ago 103
Java Question

Using @JsonView with Spring MVC

I am using the following bean definition to make my spring app talking in JSON

<bean id="jacksonMessageConverter" class="org.springframework.http.converter.json.MappingJacksonHttpMessageConverter" />

Is it possible with this message converter bean to use the @JsonView annotation?


@JsonView is already supported in the Jackson JSON Processor from v1.4 onwards.

New Edit: Updated for Jackson 1.9.12

According to the v1.8.4 documentation the function I was using writeValueUsingView is now Deprecated Use ObjectMapper.viewWriter(java.lang.Class) instead… however that has also been Deprecated Since 1.9, use writerWithView(Class) instead! (see v1.9.9 documentation)

So here is an updated example, tested with Spring 3.2.0 and Jackson 1.9.12 which simply returns {id: 1} and not the extended {name: "name"} since it is using the .writerWithView(Views.Public.class). Switching to Views.ExtendPublic.class will result in {"id":1,"name":"name"}


import org.springframework.stereotype.Controller;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMapping;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.ResponseBody;


import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletResponse;


public class DemoController {
    private final ObjectMapper objectMapper = new ObjectMapper();

    public String myObject(HttpServletResponse response) throws IOException {
        ObjectWriter objectWriter = objectMapper.writerWithView(Views.Public.class);
        return objectWriter.writeValueAsString(new MyObject());

    public static class Views {
        static class Public {}
        static class ExtendPublic extends Public {}

    public class MyObject {
        @JsonView(Views.Public.class) Integer id = 1;
        @JsonView(Views.ExtendPublic.class) String name = "name";

Previous Edit: You need to instantiate the ObjectMapper and write out the object using a custom view as shown here, or in this example:

Define views:

class Views {
    static class Public {}
    static class ExtendedPublic extends PublicView {}

public class Thing {
    @JsonView(Views.Public.class) Integer id;
    @JsonView(Views.ExtendPublic.class) String name;

Use views:

private final ObjectMapper objectMapper = new ObjectMapper();

@RequestMapping(value = "/thing/{id}")
public void getThing(@PathVariable final String id, HttpServletResponse response) {
    Thing thing = new Thing();
    objectMapper.writeValueUsingView(response.getWriter(), thing, Views.ExtendPublic.class);

If you are using Jackson >= 1.7 you might find that the @JSONFilter better suits your needs.